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CorelDRAW Class #1 – Getting Started

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Hello my people, welcome to an exciting week of CorelDRAW Class brought to you by olabodeskills.com anchored by your host, your guy, that naija sharp creative guy, Olabode Ojomo. I will be taking you through the basic steps in getting to know CorelDRAW. We are not going to do too much today but get you familiar with the workspace of CorelDRAW and not feed you with too much grammar. We want to be straight to the point, concise and simple. Feel free to ask questions and send in your comments so that we can treat everything you feel is not clear to you.

Getting Started

CorelDRAW is a vector/bitmap editing software that can be used to create designs materials such as handbills, brochures, annual reports, complimentary cards and so on. It was created by Corporation of Canada in 1989 becoming the first vector software to be created. Without too much history, let’s tell you how you can launch CorelDRAW.

NB: I will recommend you use between CorelDRAW 11 and X6, please anything less, don’t.

How to launch CorelDRAW

CorelDRAW can be launched the same way you launched any other software on your computer system. Click on it from the program directory, double click on it from the Desktop and also right-click on it and click Open, any which way, you will succeed in launching CorelDRAW.

A Welcome/Quick Start will appear and without much ado, click on New blank Document to open a New Page as seen below.

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And also below is what the CorelDRAW interface entails and how we are able to break it down graphically.

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As seen above, the CorelDRAW Workspace is divided into different parts, each part have its own functions. I am going to explain this briefly below:

Property Title Bar: This is where the version of the CorelDRAW you are using is shown and on it’s side the title of the job you are working with. Later you are going to learn how to save your work with a name that will show on this bar. But always remember that the default name CorelDRAW gives is Graphics-1 or Untitled-1 as the case may be.

Menu Bar: This is where all the commands are located. The Menu bar is rather one of the most important parts of the CorelDRAW workspace.

Tool Bar: The tool bar also know as standard is where you can have a quick access to what you will have to go and pick under any of the menu(s).

Property Bar: This is where the properties of everything in CorelDRAW are displayed. The properties of whatever you click on are displayed on this panel immediately you click on it. As you can see, the property of the New Document opened is displayed on the property bar.

Document title bar: This come to play when you minimize your workspace as seen in the diagram above, you will see the name your document is saved with. Meanwhile if the workspace is not minimized, the document name stay on the property title bar.

Status Bar: This shows the present state of a work and it’s properties.

 

Now that these have been explained, the next class tomorrow will set on the real journey into CorelDRAW ‘space’ and how to manipulate, navigate and maximize every bit of CorelDRAW.

Please always endeavour to drop your comments, views and observation as we progress.

Tomorrow is another day, keep a date.

Thank you.

 

About the Author

My name is Olabode Ojomo, the principal partner and founder of olabodeskills.com. I am your guy next door, your brother, a father/husband. Graduated from the school of hard knocks, flexing my skills on the street of creativity. Holla at me on facebook (Olabode Skill) and twitter (olabodeskills)

 

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